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Old 23rd Jun 2016, 10:51
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Could flybe be a possible operator of the VLM routes from SOU, maybe using a Loganair DO328 or S348 ?
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Old 23rd Jun 2016, 11:03
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SOU-ANR was a five times a week flight, if I am not mistaken. How would Loganair do that operation-wise?

The only hope would be for an aircraft sitting idle at SOU during noon that would loose more money sitting on the ground than operating a quick rotation to ANR. As VLM continued to/from HAM and some passengers were not ANR-bound, the poor loads would be, howeer, even poorer for such a stand-alone SOU-ANR service.

In short, it is more likely that Northern Ireland wins Euro 2016 than another airline taking over the route. The only realistic chance is that VLM-founder Freddie van Gaever will launch, as announced, VLM 2.0 and continue the route.
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Old 30th Jun 2016, 09:29
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Interesting interview by CEO Jochen Schnadt with a German aviation industry website.

bmi regional will consider moving its AOC to the continent if that is required to keep operating under its "pan European strategy" as it is heavily reliant on non-UK routes (40 per cent of seat capacity - for comparison: Easyjet only 33 per cent).

Short-term concern is more about the future travel volume. The uncertainty and political instability, but particularly a lack of foreign direct investment in the UK could affect business travel - although this may be partially off-set for a certain period by additional travel resulting from the UK retrenching from the EU.
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Old 9th Jul 2016, 10:38
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BMI charter BRS - VRN catering?

am on 0645 dep BRS-VRN Inghams holiday charter in Aug

on grub on board please? catered or BOB ?

thanks

or any one know BRS airport for a good full English before boarding
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Old 9th Jul 2016, 10:42
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Normally on charters the airline will do whatever the tour operator stipulates

Best suggestion is to ask Inghams as that's who's product your getting not BMs


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Old 9th Jul 2016, 10:45
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thanks Simon but Inghams have given me 2 stories
one says catered the other say BOB

so hence my question here for any BMI'ers CC ((from an ex BMA'er D/O at LHR))

its an early flight and I do not know BRS airport at all - so any good grub places there to sit down for a nice brekkie?
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Old 10th Jul 2016, 20:35
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VRN

Pretty sad your Tour Operator couldn't tell you what their service offers.

BMR don't do BOB so if you ask the hostess nicely she'll gladly give you a G&T or two!

Catering will be snack style in line with current Scheduled operations so expect a small pasta salad or sandwich on the outbound and a repeat on the return or possibly an afternoon tea depending what's in stock!

Enjoy your flight(s).
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Old 10th Jul 2016, 21:00
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you might say same about BACF however they offer BOB only for some Barrhead charters.
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 06:46
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thanks for the replies - looking forward to a nice week on lake Garda and Aida at the opera in VRN..

will be fun going on a small jet - at BMA we had pocket DC-9's at LHR but gave out nice hot breakfasts LOL
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 19:55
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I believe that the hot breakfasts are strictly for the new 'executive' class on scheduled services
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Old 12th Jul 2016, 08:55
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Originally Posted by Rumour_Jay
I believe that the hot breakfasts are strictly for the new 'executive' class on scheduled services
Darn!

a hot breakfast is so civilised to give out on flights pre 0930
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Old 22nd Jul 2016, 02:23
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I was on BM1821 BRS-FRA yesterday (21JUL), and was pleasantly surprised not only to see a large number of people queuing to check-in, but also to find the FRA flight was about 80% full.

What would really make my day would be having the apron bus drop off in either B or Z sterile areas. I had to do the usual FRA fandango of arriving in the bus dungeon in B, go through passport contro, round the outside, back up to Z, back through passports, back through security and onto my flight to the USA.
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Old 22nd Jul 2016, 08:47
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Let me get this straight, you flew 2 hours in the wrong direction before flying to your ultimate destination? I'm struggling to comprehend the logic.
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Old 22nd Jul 2016, 09:44
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I know Rivet Joint, what was BristolTraveller thinking not taking that Bristol-Los Angeles flight on Pixie Air?? Instead they chose to use that diddy hub Frankfurt and that third world airline airline Lufthansa?

Totally illogical. [/Sarcasm]
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Old 22nd Jul 2016, 14:03
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Originally Posted by Bristol_Traveller
I was on BM1821 BRS-FRA yesterday (21JUL), and was pleasantly surprised not only to see a large number of people queuing to check-in, but also to find the FRA flight was about 80% full.

What would really make my day would be having the apron bus drop off in either B or Z sterile areas. I had to do the usual FRA fandango of arriving in the bus dungeon in B, go through passport contro, round the outside, back up to Z, back through passports, back through security and onto my flight to the USA.
Nice to hear about the passenger loads!

I'd guess that you can't arrive direct to the sterile area as you would be arriving from a non-Schengen country?
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If purposely travelling in the wrong direction for 2 hours is not ilogical then what is? At the end of the day someone else's travel plans are not my business but that doesn't mean it doesn't make sense. He could have always used somewhere called Heathrow.
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And drive 2 hours in the wrong direction?
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 02:55
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@RivetJoint: I don't think it's really flying 2 hours in the wrong direction. If I went to Heathrow, then I'd be taking the train nearly 2.5 hours in the wrong direction, and it would cost more.

LH are the only *A airline that offers a decent Premium Economy product to the US, so I would have ended up flying LHR-FRA/MUC even if I had gone to Heathrow.

@Rumor_Jay: The UK is treated as a sterile origination point (as is the US), so it is possible to land UK originating passengers straight to the sterile non-Schengen departures area. This happens at MUC (which is brilliantly configured for these things), but FRA is less well configured. BM flights *could* be landed into the B or Z departures area, but for some reason they aren't.
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Old 26th Jul 2016, 14:51
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https://www.bmiregional.com/destination/belfast/

Interesting to see that Belfast / Birmingham and Edinburgh / London and Manchester are now showing in the destination guides!
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Old 27th Jul 2016, 21:19
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Most likely something to do with BM operating flights to several of these destinations on behalf of SN.

Also worth a mention, for short period of time Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport MPL appeared on the drop-down list and the route map on the BM website some months back...
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